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Manual Transmission foils car theft but offenders still open fire on delivery driver

Three men tried to steal a delivery driver's car this morning but couldn't drive stick and turned their frustrations over an attempted auto theft into attempted murder.

CHICAGO - Three men tried to steal a delivery driver's car this morning but couldn't drive a manual transmission (stick shift).

Unfortunately, they still shot the delivery driver.



The incident occurred just before 5:30 a.m. in the 600 block of E. 87th Place in the Burnside neighborhood, which is a part of the Chatham community area on the city's south side.

Police said a 32-year-old male was making a delivery when a group of three unknown male offenders approached and entered his delivery vehicle.

Unfortunately for the thieves, they were unable to flee in the vehicle as it was a manual transmission (stick shift).

When the delivery driver returned to the car, the offender(s) opened fire and shot him, turning their frustrations over an attempted auto theft into attempted murder.

The delivery driver victim sustained gunshot wounds to the shoulder and thigh. He was transported to University of Chicago Hospital in serious but stable condition.

The offenders got into a waiting blue sedan, possibly a Chevy Malibu, and fled northbound.

No other injuries were reported.

No one is in custody at this time. Area Two detectives are investigating.


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